Meet Joyce Sutphen — National Poetry Month Featured Poet for April 29th

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Minnesota. She earned a PhD in Renaissance drama from the University of Minnesota, and has taught British literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Her first collection of poems, Straight Out of View (1995), won the Barnard Women’s Poets Prize. Subsequent collections include Coming Back to the Body (2000), a Minnesota Book Award finalist, Naming the Stars (2004), winner of the Minnesota Book Award, and First Words (2010). She has received a McKnight Artist Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and was named Minnesota’s Poet Laureate in 2011.



Joyce Sutphen’s Professorial Profile— Associate Professor of English, Gustavus Adolphus College

Straight Out of View — Joyce Sutphen’s first book reviewed by Chris Lott

Poems On-Line:


A Kind of Villanelle

At the Moment


Evening Angelus

Ever After

In Black

Living in the Body

Naming the Stars

Older, Younger, Both

Sometimes Never

The Exorcism

The Farm

From the 16th Floor

Winter’s Night

Some Glad Morning


Getting the Machine


Girl on a Tractor

In the Beginning

The Day

Things You Didn’t Put On Your Resumé

Guys Like That

Secret Agent Man

The Book of Hours

The Wordsworth Effect

The Shop

My Brother’s Hat

After, Always After

Death, Inc.